Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
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Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination

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In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, Very Good Lives offers J.K. Rowling’s words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life, asking the profound and provocative questions: How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others?

Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world-famous author addresses some of life’s most important issues with acuity and emotional force.

Title:Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0316369152
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:80 pages

    Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination Reviews

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    Jul 13, 2015

    simply inspiring. ...

  • Raeleen Lemay
    Sep 04, 2015

    Beautiful. This is going right next to Neil Gaiman's Make Good Art on my bookshelf. ...

  • Mohammed Arabey
    Nov 24, 2016

    قد تعتقد أن تقييمي للكتاب بسبب شغفي بالمؤلفة فحسبفدعونا نتفق أن تقرأ 'خطبة' من تلك الخطب التي تلقي علي الطلبة ي...

  • Kai
    Oct 08, 2016

    “As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.”This genius woman. J. K. Rowling you're my favourite author. You forever will be....

  • Lala BooksandLala
    Aug 01, 2016

    "It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all- in which case, you fail by default."...

  • Brina
    Mar 30, 2016

    The reason I gave this book 4.5 stars instead of 5 is because it was so short. This is the published form of J K Rowling's commencement address to Harvard graduates in 2008. Her words of wisdom ring t...

  • Jeff
    May 07, 2015

    Never was a more true word spoken. A gifted speech from a gifted author. Definitely worth then 20 minutes to finish it! ...

  • Rose
    Jun 13, 2016

    "And rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life." All the people in J.K Rowling's life must feel so incredibly blessed. I would.As a die-hard Harry Potter fan, I have read a l...

  • Jamie-leigh Haughn
    Apr 28, 2015

    Amazing. Inspirational. Wonderful. Read it! ...

  • Ziba
    Apr 15, 2015

    In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a commencement speech at Harvard University. Years after her visit to Harvard, people still talk about it and because of the impact it has made the speech was published...

About J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling

See also: Robert GalbraithAlthough she writes under the pen name J.K. Rowling, pronounced like rolling, her name when her first Harry Potter book was published was simply Joanne Rowling. Anticipating that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman, her publishers demanded that she use two initials, rather than her full name. As she had no middle name, she ch